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Nonprofit universities make money, but they expense those profits away in various ways that don't help students or taxpayers.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/MCV_L4cp_Ok" height="1" width="1" />
The next head of the Department of Health and Human Services will wield more power than predecessor Kathleen Sebelius<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/Xqj_tyre4nU" height="1" width="1" />
Social Security regrets its sins-of-the-fathers grab at grown kids' tax refunds. The plan would have allowed the government to claw back sometimes decades-old overpayments at the expense of the recipients' children. What comes next?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/_xuw86YldQ4" ...
The Internal Revenue Service is trying to license tax preparers without approval from Congress. If the scheme is allowed to continue, small tax preparers could be put out of business. That may be just fine with big box providers like H&amp;R Block. Dan Alban represents some of these tax preparers in ...
Change is coming to higher education, but it won't be easy and it won't be popular. Glenn Reynolds argues that decades of federal subsidies and piles of student debt have not given us better outcomes for students.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/52CTeELbs4E" height="1" width="1" />
An improved standard of living depends on experimentation with new ideas, but politicians always seem to insist that innovators seek permission first. Author Adam Thierer argues they have it precisely backwards.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/e0RyrbW2FFw" height="1" width="1" />
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party emerged victorious in elections there, but the swelling concentration of power into his office has been troubling to more than just his opposition. An ultranationalist, anti-Semitic party also made large gains in the parliament.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/pRZipJ9YhA0" ...
The Federal Reserve's record over the past century includes the Great Depression, the Great Inflation and the Financial Crisis in 2008. Is it time for a monetary commission to examine the Fed's record in greater detail?

Event: The Fed’s 100th Anniversary and the Case for a Centennial Monetary Commission<img ...
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac contributed mightily to the financial crisis. The bailouts delivered to Fannie and Freddie were much larger than those received by many other financial firms, but opposition remains to winding the two firms down.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/9zZwlP_gZA8" ...
Contributions to candidates as individual acts don't corrupt the political process, so what about contributions overall?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/pXfJRl8qRJM" height="1" width="1" />
The kidney shortage in the United States is expensive for those affected. And if it's too expensive, it's often fatal. Iran has dramatically alleviated the kidney shortage by allowing donors to be compensated.The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/yBk4zYzTato" ...
Sanctions on foreign countries that do bad things don't tend to achieve the desired results, but what about lifting punitive trade restrictions on countries in need? Bill Watson calls them "anti-sanctions."

Let's Try Anti-Sanctions<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/2a3zSLVkf1U" ...
The Supreme Court will soon have another chance to rein in police searches of our personal electronics.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/V1gi2pPSzso" height="1" width="1" />
Even on humanitarian grounds, the war in Libya didn't help the people of that country prosper, says Benjamin H. Friedman.

Did the Military Intervention in Libya Succeed?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/hMWWcbdGl1Q" height="1" width="1" />
When should your right to free expression be trumped by the demands of antidiscrimination laws?

Choosing What to Photograph Is a Form of Speech<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/DRtv8oSyH-I" height="1" width="1" />
There was a time in the United States when young children roamed free of the fear of kidnapping or other horrible fates. The world has gotten much safer since then.

Quit Bubble-Wrapping Our Kids!<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/xLZPcO64uTk" height="1" width="1" />
The NSA's use of hijacked botnets and fake Facebook pages are aimed at gathering intelligence on a massive scale, whether or not those surveilled are suspected of any wrongdoing.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/o5J1QsKSaJ0" height="1" width="1" />
The head of the Senate intelligence committee accuses the CIA of surveilling and intimidating Senate staffers as they attempted to learn more about alleged CIA abuses.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/bPnSlX9xK2g" height="1" width="1" />
The IRS is a political agency. It's been used against political opponents going back to at least the 1960s. New proposed rules governing nonprofits that lobby Congress could muzzle those groups when they want to talk to their own members. David Keating is President of the Center for Competitive Politics.

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The dramatic rise in criminal penalties at both the state and federal level is cause for concern. Marc Levin of the Texas Public Policy Foundation argues that many petty crimes, though rightfully illegal, shouldn’t carry jail time. Restitution, he argues, is often a more appropriate penalty.

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